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The Daily Dispatch: October 27, 1862., [Electronic resource], An English view of "Colonies, Republics, and Slavery." (search)
nt will be — is being — fired off upon us by those whom an exposure of hard facts have argued to a non plus. "What! are you in favor of slavery?" Our answer is, that in the abstract we are against everything evil; but in the contrite we bow to the dispensations of Providence, and do not presume to fly in the face of Divine wisdom. Prostitution, drunkenness, illness, squalid indigence, sensuality, slavery, are not to be got rid of simply by shooting sensualists, sots, planters, through the head. The slavery of Louisiana is bad, but the liberty of Dahomey is worse. --Slavery is an ordeal through which men must search their own way to freedom, the only way that God has decreed for permanent emancipation. Who would be free himself must strike the blow, and all interference with the progress of society, in any other way than the Creator has prescribed, has only led, can only lead, to discomfiture and retrogression. Salbist said truly, that the vicious and ignorant alone were slave